PEARL, Miss. – A second round of severe weather is expected to move across Mississippi Thursday evening and during the overnight hours.
“The highest potential of any strong to severe thunderstorm will be primarily south of I-20,” said National Weather Service Meterologist Daniel Lamb. “With some of those storms, we could see some damaging winds and some could produce golf ball size hail. We can’t rule out tornadoes.”
Further north, Lamb said the air is more stable and strong storms are possible. “But we are more concerned about the rainfall. With as much rain as we have had over the last few weeks, and several creeks at elevated areas, any additional rain fall will only make the situation worse.”
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is advising Mississippians to be prepared. “I realize that citizens are becoming weather weary, given the harsh winter and ongoing spring storms,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “But each one of these systems has the potential to cause damage and injury to Mississippians. Our goal is to keep our residents safe before, during and after the storms. Plan ahead about what you would do if severe weather affected your area.”
Lamb said the thunderstorms should clear out by midnight and will be followed by unseasonably cold weather. “Really it’s Tuesday night when we expect the cooler temperatures. Most of the state could experience a freeze.” Temperatures statewide are expected to range in the 20s to upper 30s. “Certainly any type vegetation you can cover or move inside, you want to think about doing that.”